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Stone's Public House

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Hidden : 10/28/2004
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Stone’s Public House of Ashland has been the scene of multiple ghost sightings and spooky happenings. This site served as an additional virtual for the Halloween III event cache.

Here are some on the pertinent facts from an article at:
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It's creepy here late at night, when the only light sneaks through the windows from the streetlights outside and the upper floors creak and settle in for the long night. The faces in the paintings on the second floor seem to follow you wherever you walk, and John Stone's scowl can be felt even when you turn your back to his portrait above the tavern fireplace. Doors seem to open and close at times for no reason. Glasses have been known to fly off the shelf or shatter to bits without provocation. Both employees and guests have felt hands on their necks or sensed an unseen presence behind them. But is it really haunted?

Stone's Public House was built in 1834 by John Stone, who called his business the Railroad House. John was a farmer and a captain in the militia, but he was also a savvy businessman, owning most of the land in the center of what was then called Unionville. When he heard that the railroad was to be built through the center of town (on his own land) he decided to build a hotel right alongside the tracks. The Railroad House (the property also included a barn and a cow-yard and later a home for his family) opened on September 20, 1834.

A professional hypnotist, Ralph Bibbo, visited the inn in an attempt to learn the mystery behind the haunting. He reported having spoke to several of the spirits, who told him that John Stone accidentally killed a New York boarder, Michael, after he accused the visitor of cheating in an upstairs card game that netted him $3,000. The year was reportedly 1845. Bibbo said six or seven of the persons witnessed the murder and helped Stone bury the body in the basement. They were bound together in secrecy to the owner – even in the spirit world. In one video-taped session in which Stone reluctantly entered the body of ECHO member Terry Pendleton, Stone angrily told the crowd watching the session to “get out of here. I want you off my premises!”

To receive credit for this cache, please e-mail me with the brand of beer you could be served on the front patio. There is no need to go inside the Inn to obtain this info.

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